Interview with Iwan Baan by ERCO Louvre Lens Report

One of the most widely published photographers of contemporary architecture, Iwan Baan is noted for his documentary images that narrate the life and interactions occurring within architecture. His approachable photos focused on the portrayal of people in the sociocultural context of architecture intrigue such clients as Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid, but also The New York Times, Domus or Abitare.
We met the Amsterdam-born photographer at work in the northern French town of Lens, where he captured the poetic architecture of the new Louvre for ERCO. In our film interview Baan, who is in his mid-thirties, sheds light on his photographic style, his approach to architecture, and his first camera.

New York Magazine’s cover

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I chartered a helicopter and shot the now iconic image of New York without power.
November 3rd, 2013

A selection of the press about the cover:
Artinfo: Post-Sandy, Two Icons Emerge From the Architectural World
The Verge: How the iconic post-Sandy ‘New York’ cover photo was shot
NYMAG: More Images From New York’s Sandy Cover
Architizer: How Iwan Baan got that phenomenal shot
Phaidon: Iwan Baan photographs a powerless New York

Necessity as the mother of invention: Photos of homes in unexpected places

Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In his TED Talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving in ways that seem quite opposite to the uniformity of suburbs.

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Watch Iwan Baan’s TED talk: Ingenious homes in unexpected places

In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story ‘Tower of David,’ an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and make a home anywhere.

Photographer Iwan Baan captures the many ways people shape their shared built environment from glossy starchitecture to handmade homes.

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